An interesting email I received recently from a mate of mine. He’s agreed to me reposting it.
” Just back from London/Brussels.
I was amazed out how much London has become a police state since my last visit there 4 years ago. Counted at least 57 CCTV cameras viewing me from the platform to the exit from a tube station. Gave up counting the number of CCTV cameras that appear to be everywhere. Spotted only about 5 in Brussels in total, and they were probably only traffic cameras.
Got stopped from taking photographs by the police 5 times in London and by security officials in buildings 5 times, not withstanding the fact that all photographs were been taken from public areas. It would appear that using a camera in the UK has now become illegal, as I pointed out to the security gobshite in the Millenium Dome, who agressively asked my why I was taking a camera into the building, and lectured me on how I was not allowed to take photographs in the building. I asked him did this policy extend to the 5 individuals taking photographs with their mobile phones at that moment in time or just to people carrying readily identifiable cameras!
One security guard demanded to see the photographs I had taken from a public area. Naturally, I pointed out to him that he had no powers of arrest or the right to search. He still insisted , as he claimed he had authority. Naturally, I told him where to stick it and moved on. The country has become paranoid. Kind of ironic when they bang on about control from Europe. Maybe they should have a look at their own state first ! Brussels was a breath of fresh air in comparison.”